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PostPosted: February 1st, 2008, 8:27 pm 
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Franklin Carmichael was a member of the Group of Seven painters. There is a famous photo taken in 1935 of him sitting on a rock high above Grace Lake in what is now Killarney Park. Lots of people have enjoyed the hike to that place to sit on "Carmichael's rock."
The rock was still there in 1997 but it disappeared some time later. We figured that someone had pushed it over the cliff, unaware of its significance. In the summer of 2006 we located the rock well below its "proper place". This past July, Jon Butler from Willisville organized a work party to put it back where it belonged.
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Lets hope they bolted it place, or at least put a little plaque on it so some bozo doesn't do that again.

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I just love this story? great stuff guys. what dedication!

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DaveH wrote:
Lets hope they bolted it place, or at least put a little plaque on it so some bozo doesn't do that again.


We didn't bolt it down. I think a (tiny) plaque would be appropriate but it might attract the bozo.

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Um... I've seen a bear turning over rocks on a Killarney ridge, looking for food. It might have been a bozo of the four-legged variety, although that rock seems a little large.

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Good work...

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frozentripper wrote:
Um... I've seen a bear turning over rocks on a Killarney ridge, looking for food. It might have been a bozo of the four-legged variety, although that rock seems a little large.

I originally thought that a bear would have done it but Sue pointed out that the rock would have had to been rolled over several times before it fell off the cliff.


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PostPosted: October 1st, 2008, 7:09 am 
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just to highlight this thread - if anyone likes this concpet check out the earlier website sugestions. Great photos.

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I was just up there a couple of weeks ago. There isn't any trail to the spot per se. The spot is on the south side of Grace Lake across from the middle campsite. It takes a bit of skill in bushwhacking to get up to it and it can be a bit of a physical challenge as there are cliffs etc that must be negotiated. That said I can also agree with Jim's post following this one, and if motivated and careful it is possible to visit. A fascinating piece of history and an area of Ontario that continues to delight.
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Man, info like this makes this forum priceless....


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I have resisted publicly posting the route or the coordinates of the place. There are a number of reasons
The first and most important is that some Bozo found it before and threw the rock over the cliff. :evil:
Second it is somewhat dangerous if you don't know how to bushwack :-?
Third, it would spoil your fun in finding it yourself. :D
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The first and most important is that some Bozo found it before and threw the rock over the cliff.


I can swear and testify to the fact that fully-accredited bozos graduating from Bozo U... do spend their quality time hurling rocks over cliffs when they visit the park. And making inukshuks, a skill taught to them in Advanced Inukshuk Design offered by the engineering department.

Maybe they were bears in a previous life, and they will return to being bears in the next.

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Erhard wrote:
Man, info like this makes this forum priceless....


Yaa, I've been looking for a photo of Smokey peeing off the white granite hills of K and now I have it. really, where else but ccr, right.

as for the other point, I think jcw's concerns are real however slight the risk. It wouldn't take an idiot at all.
If it became a good trail, then once it gets to be a trampled spot at the top, then more traffic, then someone might push it over just for fun, not because of any historical importance or ill-will, just because the trail ends there....I think we should defer to the guy who did so much work on it and loves the place so much.

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OK - valid concerns, guys. I've been moaning about revealing the pinpoint location of ATV-exposed campsites myself.

On the other point about
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Yaa, I've been looking for a photo of Smokey peeing off the white granite hills of K....
I didn't see it that way and still don't think there's evidence. But you call yourself "The Splasher", so I'll grant that you are the expert... :wink:


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